SCRIPTURES: Nehemiah 5:1-19
BOTTOM LINE: We all expect to battle the enemy. But what do we do when the battle is coming from our own people (friends, family, church members, etc…)?
QUESTION: What do we do when someone hurts us?
DOWNLOAD: Chapter 5 has some really good stuff, that I think many of us deal w/ on a daily basis in our lives.
1. COMPLAINTS THAT NEHEMIAH HEARD (vs. 1-5)
There were were 4 Groups of people complaining to Nehemiah:
- People who owned no land, but needed food (vs 2).
- Landowners who had mortgaged their property in order to buy food (vs. 3).
- Those who complained that the taxes were too high (vs. 4).
- Those who were exploiting others (vs. 5).
2. NEHEMIAH’S PROCESS (vs. 6-13)
- He appealed to their LOVE (vs 7).
- He reminded them of God’s REDEMPTIVE PURPOSE (vs. 8).
- He appealed to them based on GOD’S WORD (vs. 9).
- He appealed to them to remember their WITNESS (vs. 9).
- He appealed to his own ACTION & TESTIMONY (vs. 10-11).
- He appealed to the JUDGMENT of GOD (vs. 12-13).
3. NEHEMIAH’S EXAMPLE (vs. 14-19)
2 Basic Driving Principles: Love the Lord Your God w/ all your heart … and Love your neighbor.
- There is a direct correlation between the effectiveness of our MISSION and how we treat each other.
- Relational challenges are inevitable … and we can’t ignore them.
- We must take the initiative to restore relationships.
- God’s reputation is at stake when we have conflict.
Solving Relational Conflict the way Nehemiah solved conflict here in Nehemiah 5:
- Make sure it’s a Moral Issue.
- Think before we Speak
- Meet Face-to-Face
- Seek Resolution